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Friday, November 09, 2012

It's my first week on SP, so I have all the enthusiasm and high hopes of any newbie. My goals for this week are simply to begin, and to attend with mindfulness.

The beginning part is easy -- just sign up, and start participating. Follow the directions, read the articles, join some communities, and embrace the inspiration.

The attending mindfully part isn't so easy, though. It means paying attention to things I really like to avoid -- like what I'm eating and how much. My job this week is to be aware, to notice what I wasn't noticing before. As we all know, simply paying attention can lead to its own changes. And so it did.

It was Day 2, and I was paying attention. I was driving home from the city thinking about what to make for dinner. On a normal Thursday, I would have either prepared some leftovers or picked up some takeout on my way home. Then, I would have had 2-3 glasses of wine and numbed myself for the rest of the night.

Because it was only Day 2, I really didn't want to choose the takeout and wine option. As I went through my mental inventory of leftovers in the fridge, I realized that none of them would get me anywhere near my protein needs for the day -- some veggie pot pie, some kubocha squash, tikka masala cauliflower and cabbage, or even beef and bean chili. I'd need to swing by the store. As I drove, I planned a nice fish dish -- a fresh piece of white fish, topped with a home-made gremolata, served on a bed of steamed spinach with a side of pureed cauliflower and a harvest cranberry roll. Sounds good, doesn't it?

But the grocery store's selection of fresh fish was nasty. Nasty and nearly non-existent. I don't usually buy my fish at grocery stores, and now I know why. The salmon looked fake (turns out it was artificially colored), and the white fishes looked tired. More tired than I was, and that is saying a lot.

ARGH! What to do? I meant well, I had a good plan, but what I wanted didn't magically appear in the grocery store. Those leftovers were starting to sound pretty good, protein be damned. So tempting. On another day, that's what I would have chosen. But it was only Day 2.

Instead, I walked over to the frozen section, where they actually had some wild salmon fillets. Okay, I thought, I can thaw one in a bath of cold water in about an hour. Worth the wait? Worth a try.

And it was. On Day 2, I made different choices than I would have a week ago. I even did so when it was inconvenient. Dinner was delicious, and I finished within all of my nutrition ranges for the day. I even skipped the wine, and went to bed with apple-cinnamon oatmeal in the crockpot.

Onward to Day 3!





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KIMBOLEAN 11/30/2012 12:34PM

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MARYHENNIG 11/26/2012 9:11PM

  Great start. Welcome to SparkPeople. You will love it.

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CM_GARDNER78 11/24/2012 11:51PM

    Awesome! Way to go!! That is great that you are being so mindful of what you need to do! :-) Keep it up!!

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LIBBYL1 11/23/2012 11:35PM

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GLORYB2014 11/20/2012 5:50PM

    Excellent! You've got a great attitude and that is going to help you get there!
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KATV865 11/15/2012 3:24PM

    Yay for good decisions! Perfect days rarely happen, but its great when you get one ;)

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/14/2012 12:23PM

    AWESOME! Great job on making the healthy choice, even though it wasn't the easy choice. And while I've certainly eaten foods seasoned with garlic, lemon, and parsley, I never knew the term "gremolata." I just went on a Google and Sparkrecipes spree and sent myself a bunch of recipes! So thanks! :)

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SANDICANE 11/13/2012 9:52PM

    What a lovely start. I'll pray that on day 234 you'll also say "hey, this is day 234, so I want to make healthy choices today" tooooo!


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NANNABLACK 11/13/2012 7:37PM

    Way to go!! Good luck on Day 3 and 4 and on and on.

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TEETIME10 11/13/2012 11:09AM

  Thanks for the inspiration! I need to get on a healthy choice/option bandwagon and stick to it! I am rejuvenated by all the comments!

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A-NEW-NURSE 11/12/2012 11:00PM

    Good for you! Be mindful and curious! emoticon

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LINOTTE314 11/12/2012 9:54PM

    I's all about small choices - good job! The best thing you can do for yourself in the future is plan ahead: shop for the week and plan a few meal ideas.
Keep up the good work, how exciting!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 11/12/2012 4:56PM

    Great job....

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FARIS71 11/12/2012 2:55PM

    Wow that is awesome! Congrats! Your moment of mindfulness is sparking the same in others!

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FATHINSN 11/12/2012 1:03AM

    Wow, sounds like you had a great start here in SP, WELL DONE! Keep on going strong!

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SLFGOLF 11/12/2012 1:00AM

    You are off to a great start! Keep it going.

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ARUSHING2 11/11/2012 10:32PM

 
Welcome.

Good ideas, joining and making some small changes.

Congrats with your follow through.

Best wishes for successes.

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MOMRAP 11/11/2012 10:03PM

  Great start! Keep it up!

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DRAGONFLYGALS 11/11/2012 9:21PM

    Thank you for the inspiration.

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SKEEWEE2MEK 11/11/2012 8:14PM

    This is awesome. The journey is all about choices. Thanks for the reminder! emoticon

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BECKYBETZ 11/11/2012 7:39PM

    Great start!!!! I find the hardest for me is making my calories with good food choices. Food tracking is hard for me. I am buying a composition book tomorrow and before it goes in my mouth, it's going in the book!!

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BUBLEH 11/11/2012 6:49PM

    Woohoo!! Good for you!!! You can do it!!

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DENA42 11/11/2012 6:27PM

    Great start! Keep pushing!
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BARBANNA 11/11/2012 2:40PM

    Sounds great, keep it up!

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MARYJEANSL 11/11/2012 2:29PM

  Very impressive to make such choices, especially when you have just started. Hey, actually I am pretty impressed at the leftovers you had in your fridge...those are not the kinds of things in mine, to say the least.

Congrats!

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BRENDA_G50 11/11/2012 11:06AM

    I must say I was intrigued by the title of your blog. Had to see what was going on. To say the least, I was very impressed with your story.

I started SP Sept. 9,2012, and sometimes I STILL make bad choices (actually, I think most of us do). But I just wanted to congratulate you on making the right choices.

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JEFFALLEN70 11/11/2012 10:55AM

    Excellent!!! I remember three months ago when I started sparking, and I was AMAZED at the bad food choices I was making, but at the same time annoyed because I had to take such care and thought to stay in my ranges. Three months later, I am 17 pounds lighter, able to be more active, and I feel...well..fabulous. Keep up the good work. I swear to you, it pays off, and gets easier as time goes on.

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JULIACOLLINS62 11/11/2012 10:22AM

    Love your title .... Enjoyed your blog ... I hope you continue.

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KARIDIAN1 11/11/2012 7:17AM

    Good start- you can do this.

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MOLLZ007 11/11/2012 12:15AM

    Great start! I wish you the best of luck! emoticon

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MICKEYH 11/10/2012 11:56PM

    Congrats for the good nutritional choice. One good choice lead to another. You've got a good start !! Also welcome to Spark community. Way to go !!

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SONFLOWER67 11/10/2012 10:53PM

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REENIE131 11/10/2012 9:24PM

    Great job!

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AJB121299 11/10/2012 9:18PM

    good luck

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TOBEANATHLETE 11/10/2012 9:17PM

    It's my first week (again) TOO! Congrats on the decision making, it's hard but so worth it. When I really fall into temptation I literally sit myself down with a bottle of water, count to a hundred while sipping the water until it's gone, then decide if I still want that easy pizza dinner. Good job! Keep it up lady!

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BJMOLNAR 11/10/2012 9:11PM

  I like the fact that I am accountable to something. I am not perfect, and have had my moments, but am doing better.

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COCHRANE0511 11/10/2012 8:59PM

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MSROZZIE 11/10/2012 8:20PM

    Stay ever vigilant on your fitness and weight management journey emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon . With the positive attitude that you have you will see great results in no time!

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MYOWNHERO 11/10/2012 7:50PM

    Yummmmmmmm

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KATIEEMMA5 11/10/2012 7:46PM

    its a journey and you will have plenty of challenges, check out my page I am at my heaviest and I've only lost 2lbs so a lot of us are just at the start of our journey. I'm excited about losing weight but nervous of resisting temptation. Its hard sometimes so we all have to stick together and make it happen. We can do it!!!

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KRISTEN_SAYS 11/10/2012 7:09PM

    you're off to a great start! keep it up!

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